CYT Founders, Paul & Sheryl Russell, recently received the following letter from a CYT parent, Amy Kennard, who watched her daughter, Kylie, perform in a CYT San Diego production of Godspell. It is reprinted here (along with personal pictures ) with her permission. Enjoy!
Hello Russell Clan!
I didn’t get a chance to say hi to either of you (Paul and Janie) at the show earlier today but once again felt like I had to write! I hope you enjoyed it. I know it’s been quite the experience for Kylie…and for me! In the midst of all the songs, scenes, and dance numbers I’ve ever watched my daughter perform in…none has compared to watching her face in the scene where Jesus died. In three seconds my hugest prayer as a parent was answered…because I didn’t see her acting. I saw her reacting as any of us would were we put in a situation to watch our Savior suffer. She understood what He did for her! Although I had not seen any of the rehearsals, she had come home from the night they blocked that scene telling me how sad she felt. How cool to get to experience that place in your heart on stage…and what a confirmation for a mom to see her daughter “get it”!
So I write to say thank you…
thank you for creating a theater group that does shows like Godspell.
thank you for creating a theater group with other believers doing shows like Godspell that my daughter gets to fellowship with.
thanks for giving my girl the chance to be a part of telling the greatest story ever told…the chance to be on stage doing what she loves while being a light to the world!
I know it may not be a financial winner for CYT, but like I told Angela and Wendy…I so applaud you for choosing it!